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False ME226 As graduation is quickly approaching many college graduates are facing many challenges due to the bad economy. Let’s face it— you don’t have to be a college graduate to find challenges in this economy! Many companies are downsizing and laying off, rather than hiring. Those of you trying to survive the rough times need to focus on the importance of “ selling yourself”. Spending the extra time on perfecting your resume or even better, a portfolio, will help trigger an interview. Now more than ever, you have to be clear on what you can bring to a prospective employer because there are going to be more people applying for that job you want. A new and upcoming tool are business cards. Think of it as a mini resume. Use the front of the card to list your name and contact information. Then use the back to promote credentials, degrees, professional abilities etc. Potential employers will appreciate having your contact information on hand and it will assist on making a good first impression. It shows you have invested time to market yourself. 5 QUICK WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR RESUME: 1. Spell check… the old fashioned way. Get out that dictionary, don’t depend on the computer to always pick up errors. Have someone edit your work. 2. Organize by putting your most recent information FIRST. 3. SIMPLIFY… Keep sentences short and to the point. 4. Eliminate clutter. Use standard font type ( 11pt Times New Roman) easier to read. 5. Read it out loud… helps to identify areas that need improvement or clarification. TOP TEN TIPS FOR INTERVIEWS: 1. BE ON TIME! Get directions before hand, and leave with extra time to spare. 2. You only get one chance to make a “ FIRST” impression. You don’t want to walk into the interview looking as if you just rolled out of bed. Get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast so you will have energy. 3. Do some research about the company you’re interviewing for. It will impress the employer how much yovu know already about them. 4. Be prepared to answer standard popular questions such as, What are your strengths and weaknesses?; Why should we hire you?; Why do you want to work for the company? Etc. 5. Don’t assume they remember everything on your resume. Be prepared to reiterate important aspects and add new information whenever appropriate. 6. Hard to do but try and stay relaxed. Don’t be so serious, you’ll seem more confident. 7. Read the newspaper and be up to date with general issues relating to our world. 8. Prepare yourself before hand how to regroup yourself if you’re faced with a question you are unsure about. 9. Have questions to ask them. Remember you are interviewing them too! 10. Be yourself. Word Around Campus Where do we go from here? Written by Katherine Arroyo